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Taking flight: a new Twitter logo

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 20:11:24 +0000

I wrote a post for the Twitter blog today on our new bird: Starting today you’ll begin to notice a simplified Twitter bird. From now on, this bird will be the universally recognizable symbol of Twitter. Whether soaring high above the earth to take in a broad view, or flocking with other birds to achieve a common purpose, a bird in flight is the ultimate representation of freedom, hope and limitless possibility.… Continued

Cranking (by Merlin Mann)

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:01:57 +0000

Merlin writes so beautifully. “And, although I’m confident that I will always think my daughter is The Greatest Thing in the Universe, I’m also all too aware that this feeling will not always be reciprocated in quite that same way or with quite that same enthusiasm that we both enjoy right now.… Continued

30-Second Rule for App Success

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 15:58:04 +0000

Those of you who saw my talks at either Future of Web Design in NYC, or at Webstock in Wellington may remember a segment where I urged delivering value as quickly as possible. In that segment, I compared the act of taking and sharing a photo with Hipstamatic, and the same in Instagram.… Continued

First Autistic Presidential Appointee Speaks Out

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 22:20:59 +0000

Go, Ari. In December, he [Ari Ne’eman] was nominated by President Obama to the National Council on Disability (NCD), a panel that advises the President and Congress on ways of reforming health care, schools, support services and employment policy to make society more equitable for people with all forms of disability.… Continued

Avoiding the Uncanny Valley of Interface Design

Thu, 26 Aug 2010 17:30:07 +0000

From Francisco Inchauste, on the topic of UI that imitates realism: It is so easy to love a certain effect and want to use that everywhere. Not all projects need to have the selections sitting on a perfectly lit wooden bookshelf.… Continued

The Future of Self-service Banking

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 21:00:08 +0000

Spotted this link to an intriguing ATM prototype experiment by BBVA in the comments on Khoi Vihn’s post on ATM design ATMs were first introduced over 40 years ago and since then many features have been incrementally added to the machines, in order to fulfill the dream of a truly “automated teller”.… Continued

My Measures & Dimensions

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 15:00:00 +0000

I just discovered an iPhone app named My Measures & Dimensions that lets you take any photo and quickly draw dimensions on top of objects or spaces in the photo. Typically, I use a piece of scrap paper for this, and end up forgetting to bring it with me when I need it.… Continued

Hovers (and power users) still have a healthy future

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 03:33:19 +0000

Ryan Singer on the power of hover states and non-tablet computers: But to the geeky or trained, the desktop is a fount of power and speed. Documents are side by side, text flies from here to there, IMs are answered and dismissed, mockups reloaded, batches processed, all with tiny movements of the fingers.… Continued

Better Screen, Same Typography

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 04:00:07 +0000

Khoi Vinh on Apple’s lack of full commitment to excellent typography, despite creating oft-superior devices seemingly capable of perfection: Steve Jobs’ vision for Apple, repeated in yesterday’s keynote address, posits that the company operates at the intersection between technology and the liberal arts.… Continued

The Death of Depth: Less and Less of More and More

Sat, 05 Jun 2010 14:14:58 +0000

Good article on attention spans and what’s affecting them. As any experienced meditator knows, the mind has a mind of its own. Left free to wander, that’s just what it will do. When we manage the infinite demands on our attention by trying to juggle them all, we literally weaken our capacity for absorbed focus.… Continued


Wed, 02 Jun 2010 23:00:07 +0000

Concept sounds good. But I’m concerned about more people checking their phones while driving in the city.… Continued

Ball Pool

Thu, 27 May 2010 21:55:59 +0000

Love what creative minds are producing, no Flash required.… Continued

Responsive Web Design

Wed, 26 May 2010 21:55:58 +0000

Ethan’s “Responsive Web Design” is an eloquently worded, logical evolution of modern, responsible web design.… Continued

An Inconvenient Drop Shadow – Brand New

Thu, 06 May 2010 21:55:47 +0000

Brand New notes the new Google logo. This change was years in the making. We proposed similar changes in 2007.… Continued

A Book Apart, Home

Tue, 04 May 2010 21:55:46 +0000

Started reading an advance copy of HTML5 for Web Designers. As with previous works by @adactio, it’s clear and concise.… Continued

You cannot copyright a Tweet

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 15:18:28 +0000

Though this may not completely eliminate liability if a publisher or artist rewraps a whole series of your tweets in a different shell, Zeldman makes an interesting point on the limitations of copyright in regards to short phrases (i.e. tweets): As messages sent via Twitter cannot be longer than 140 characters, they cannot be copyrighted.… Continued

Accent Folding for Auto-Complete

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 18:41:27 +0000

Carlos Bueno highlights an oft overlooked aspect of internationalization. His address book auto-complete example at the beginning of the article crystalized the problem for me immediately. The solution he discusses for a fuzzy character match dubbed accent folding seems logical, especially in certain contexts.… Continued

50 Useful Coding Techniques

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 15:13:41 +0000

Smashing Magazine rounds up a few tricks for “CSS Layouts, Visual Effects and Forms”. Not everything in here looks useful to me, but I did notice a few gems while quickly browsing through. Bookmarked for later investigation.… Continued

Looking Back at Google in 2009

Tue, 29 Dec 2009 22:38:32 +0000

A fairly thorough retrospective of Google and the huge impact the company had over the past year. Check out the list of releases and new ideas Google pushed in 2009. Impressive and scary at the same time. I wish the little blip about me leaving earlier this year weren’t present, though I’ll admit that’s how I found this article.… Continued

Success secrets of graphic designer superstars

Tue, 29 Dec 2009 17:14:06 +0000

Worth skimming through, if even just for the eye candy. But also for each designer’s nuggets of wisdom.… Continued